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A celebration of nature

Architect designed this Martha’s Vineyard home with sea and sky in mind

A celebration of nature, Autumn Cape Cod Home |

Photography by Elizabeth Cecil

Up-island, beyond the blueberry ridges and the remains of a 19th-century brickyard on the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard, is where you’ll find the most lived-in, new summer home you’ve ever set barefoot in.

Unlike new builds that sometimes look and feel lifted off a catalog page or Pinterest feed, this six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home, with a detached garage, exudes a sense of comfort, uncomplicated by design. The house is two stories, although the ground floor is intentionally out of sight upon approach. The family who lives in the home spends most of their time on the main floor relishing the riches of the sea and sky, while the ground floor is comprised of a game room and two bedrooms—one of which belongs to a teenage son, who enjoys easy access to a ping pong table in the game room, and to the backyard for lacrosse practice.

Designed by Vineyard architect Chuck Sullivan, AIA, principal of sullivan + associates architects, and completed in 2015, this Chilmark getaway offers the perfect antidote to the homeowners’ prewar apartment in New York City, where each room tells a different color story. Not so with their summer home, where a monochromatic palette of white-walled rooms opens gloriously to green slips of lawn peppered by outcroppings of native stone, and then unfolds to a swath of trees protecting an age-old footpath that weaves down to a private beach with views of blue stretching across the sound to mainland America.

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